I fancied an uncomplicated bottle to accompany a quick dinner of leftover pasta and veggie Bolognese sauce, then come along with me to the rink to watch my husband’s hockey game. After a quick perusal through my wine racks I decided upon Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010. The Masciarelli estate was founded in 1978 by pioneer wine producer Gianni Masciarelli who was passionate about raising the quality and potential of Abruzzo’s indigenous varietals, including Montepulciano. Starting with 2.5 hectares, the estate now includes about 320 hectares of vineyards that spread throughout 14 different towns within the 4 Abruzzo regions. With Gianni’s love of and respect for land and grapes, all vineyards are farmed organically, making it the largest organically farmed estate in Italy. Gianni passed away at the early age of 52, his wife Marina Cvetic now heads the estate.
Dark cherry red in colour, after aerating aromas of cherry, brown sugar and earthy woods rose from the glass. Fermented and aged in stainless steel to preserve the bright fruit, sour cherry and red currant flavours were supported by earthy elements and astringent green tea tannins in the medium body. White pepper and dried tobacco leaf comprised the moderate finish. Simple and easy drinking, this is a great glugable glass for the table.
Estate bottled by Azienda Agricola Masciarelli s.a.s.
Enjoy now thru 2014